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Choosing your college degree with an easy-to-follow recipe

Can the process of choosing a college degree program be likened to following a recipe in the kitchen? Well, consider a simple recipe: a list of ingredients + assembly instructions = finished dish. If it were that simple, however, everyone would be a great cook. And, as you know from your last potluck (or, ahem, […]

You know what college degree you want. Now it's time to take action.

The fictional character Yoda of Star Wars fame spoke what some believe to be one of the most important pieces of advice of all time: “Do or do not. There is no try.” You have embraced Yoda. You have decided to “do”—you are going back to college and you are finishing your degree. Congratulations on […]

College degrees with the highest future demand and salaries

A search of the key phrase “internet careers” nets almost 1 billion results. And yet there was a time when such a thing did not exist. Thirty years ago, adult learners and college students had absolutely no clue there would be a technology revolution like we’ve had. And certainly no one anticipated a career that […]

Choose a college degree with help from an academic advisor

First century author Publilius Syrus said, “Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” Although you probably seek the counsel of friends and family about the trivial things in life, such as, “What’s a good restaurant for an anniversary dinner?” or “Where’s the cheapest vacation spot for families?” if you’re like most people, you […]

Choose a college degree with help from a SWOT analysis

Before computers, smart phones, and Google ruled our everyday world, one of the best ways to make a decision was to take a sheet of paper, draw a dividing line and label one side “Pros” and the other side “Cons.” Then you’d brainstorm as many pros and cons surrounding your decision (whatever it was), adding […]

How to interview students and alumni at colleges you're interested in attending

Ever hear the phrase, “Heard it straight from the horse’s mouth”? Of course that just means getting information directly from the source. There’s no better way to inform your college degree decision than by talking to people who know—enrolled students and graduates. Think of talking to current students and alumni as conducting what’s known in […]

Why university accreditation matters when choosing a college degree

Would you hide your money under a mattress and expect it to earn interest? Of course not. But that’s exactly what getting your degree from an unaccredited college or university is like: It may seem like a good idea, but it yields no return on your investment. The truth is, accreditation matters very much. Before […]

How to research colleges, degree programs, and faculty members

Merriam-Webster calls it, “careful or diligent search.” “It” is what Google, Bing, Yahoo and Wikipedia give to the world: the means to quickly and conveniently gather and organize information about pretty much anything and everything. All this data readily available at your fingertips makes it easy to gather as much information as you can about […]

Choose your college degree wisely. Balance personal satisfaction with salary & career outlooks.

“Focus on the future,” say progressives. “Go where the money is,” say relatives who don’t want you moving in. “Don’t settle for less than personal fulfillment,” say those who beat a different drum. So goes the advice of many for how to choose your college degree. But why choose based on only one end result? […]